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Dalantech
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Mar 23, 2016 11:00 |  #1

While inspecting my solitary bee house I noticed a couple of spiders had set up shop in it. Normally I'd let nature take its course, but those where my bees and my house. Since it was 17C I figured some of them might hatch, so I had the camera ready.

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First up is a hatching female.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FmZ3​KK] (external link)Hatching Female Red Mason Bee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

The rest are males, and there were about five or six that hatched. I was letting them crawl onto my hand to warm up.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FvZv​of] (external link)Newborn Red Mason Bee I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/F8S9​hC] (external link)Newborn Red Mason Bee II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FCjT​kB] (external link)Newborn Red Mason Bee III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 23, 2016 11:15 |  #2

great looking bees! wonderful set John


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Mar 23, 2016 14:43 |  #3

Fabulous shots - what stunning eyes.


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Mar 23, 2016 15:16 |  #4

Very nice, John!


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Mar 23, 2016 21:55 |  #5

Love these!


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Mar 23, 2016 23:29 |  #6

Awesome set! I enjoyed looking at these.




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Mar 24, 2016 01:54 |  #7

Lovely captures John
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Mar 24, 2016 05:20 |  #8

Thanks folks 8-)


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Mar 24, 2016 12:45 |  #9

nice set, I have a well used bee hotel but haven't caught them hatching.


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Mar 24, 2016 13:13 |  #10

racketman wrote in post #17947000 (external link)
nice set, I have a well used bee hotel but haven't caught them hatching.

Thanks :)

I have a storage box coming in the mail so I can harvest the cocoons this fall and choose when they'll hatch next year -with the camera ready :)


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